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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

This page lists all BHPA incident reports (informal investigations) available on this website. You can view all incident reports, or filter reports by Hang Gliding, Powered Hang Gliding, Paragliding, Paramotoring or Parascending. The incident report database can also be searched.

If a "formal investigation" has been undertaken into one of the incidents listed below, a link to the relevant formal report will be displayed below the incident date.

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
28 Aug 2011 Male 42 Club Pilot Newgale Beach
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Advance
Epsilon

Pilot flew in area of turbulent air in lee of outcrop. Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse and collided with cliff face.

Fatal
23 Aug 2011 Male 45 Pilot United Kingdom

Paraglider
Little Cloud
Spiruline

During daily inspection pilot noticed unusual wear to inside of riser where it attaches to harness attachment karabiner. Possible mismatch between light weight krab and riser.

None
22 Aug 2011 Male 47 Advanced Pilot St Andre
France
12-19 km/h
Gusts

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Forward)
Air
Atos VR

Pilot began launch run in changeable conditions. 3 steps into launch wind switched to tailwind. Pilot crashed 15m down slope.

Dislocated shoulder
21 Aug 2011 Male 61 Under training Muggery Bottom
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Apco
Prima

Student did not correct course into wind as he approached landing area. Landed awkwardly.

Fr ankle
14 Aug 2011 Male 29 Rhossili
United Kingdom
28-34 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Ozone
Rush 3

Pilot came out of spiral dive too fast and too close to hill. Glider unloaded and pilot hit ground before wing recovered.

unknown
13 Aug 2011 Male 53 Advanced Pilot Watervliet
Belgium
12-19 km/h
Gusts

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Dudek
Synthesis

Engine:

Bulldog
Spirit

Pilot misjudged wind gradient and did not leave sufficient time or altitude to execute an efficient flare to land.

Compression fracture of L1 vertebra.
2 Aug 2011 Male 41 Advanced Pilot Bewaldeth
United Kingdom





Calf ate landing marker and had to be destroyed.

None
1 Aug 2011 Male 48 Club Pilot Newhaven Cliffs
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Sol
Ellus 3

After experiencing sinking air pilot did not have enough height to make landing area. Crashed into ice-cream van.

None
1 Aug 2011 Male 51 Pilot Annecy
France
12-19 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Airwave
Sport

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse that recovered into spiral dive. Pilot crashed into bushes but was unhurt. Risers set at 60+ cm probable cause of failed recovery.

None
30 Jul 2011 Male 35 Under training Muggery Bowl
United Kingdom
12-19 km/h
Variable

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Assisted)
Airborne
Fun 190

Student was too high on uprights while on tethered flight. Caused glider to pitch down and pilot swung through as wheels toughed ground.

Fr Humerus
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 27 March 2017 at 04:30:06 AM

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